April 21, 2018
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Police say threat unlikely after students report possible gun near Brunswick school

By Beth Brogan, BDN Staff

BRUNSWICK, Maine — Brunswick police said Tuesday that inconsistent reports by students about a person with a gun near a Brunswick elementary school Monday lead them to believe there is no threat.

Still, Deputy Chief Marc Hagan said additional officers would continue to patrol the area around Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School on Tuesday.

Just before 11:30 a.m. Monday, officers responded to the school after Principal Jeanne Skorapa reported that seven third-graders reported seeing a light blue compact car stop on McKeen Street, with the driver or a passenger holding a gun or a walkie-talkie.

Officers spoke to students and reviewed a videotape of the area and saw a light-blue car stopping on McKeen Street for about 30 seconds, Hagan said. The windows of the car remained up the entire time.

Several students reported two females in the car and others said they saw a woman and an older man, Hagan said. Some said one of the people was wearing a hood. Some said the passenger pulled a pistol out of the glove compartment and others said it was a walkie-talkie. Some said the driver held a walkie-talkie and the passenger held a gun.

“All of the stories are inconsistent,” Hagan said. “Due to the inconsistencies we don’t believe there is a threat.”

Still, police suggested that students remain inside for the rest of the day as a precaution.

Later Monday, Skorapa posted an alert on the school’s website stating that all students remained inside for the remainder of the day. Monday night’s ice cream social was canceled.

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